Matawan faces adversity but enjoys solid season

first_img By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer JERRY WOLKOWITZ Middletown North’s Mike Niesz drives past Freehold Township’s John Kambon during the Lions’ overtime loss at home on Friday. On the heels of a solid 56-45 win at St. John Vianney in Holmdel on Saturday, the Matawan High School boys’ basketball team is looking forward to the second half of the campaign. Freshman Jason Simmons put up 12 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked five shots, as Lucas Castell contributed 14 points and A.J. Roque added 13 points for the Huskies. “That was a big win for us,” Matawan coach Jack George said. “This is a relatively young team, so it will give us some confidence. The guys really came out with purpose against St. John’s, and they played well from start to finish.” The Huskies are indeed a young team, and to make matters more difficult, a scheduling snafu resulted in just seven home games this season. At this point, Matawan has played more games at St. John Vianney’s (four) than it has at home (three). “These things happen, so we’re just trying to work hard and get better,” George said. “We have an up-and-coming team. We have only two seniors, so most of our guys will be back next year, the jayvee and freshman teams are doing well and the Matawan Avenue Middle School team is undefeated. There’s talent in the program, and more is coming.” Senior Troy Robin, a 6-4 forward, leads the Huskies in scoring with an average of 13 points and also contributes seven rebounds. Simmons, who stands at 6-5, is right behind with averages of 12 points and seven boards, and Castell, a junior, is also averaging in double figures, with 10.5 points and 2.5 assists. Point guard Chris Coachman and Roque are averaging six points apiece, and 6-5 forward Carl Howard, usually the first man off the bench, is averaging two points and three rebounds. Other members of the team include senior swingman Mike Abromowitz and sophomores Rasheed Edwards and Eric Fertig, both guards, and Kevin Edwards and Sandy Perry, two forwards. The 6-5 Perry, a recent transfer student, becomes eligible on Friday when the Huskies host Rumson-Fair Haven. At 4-8, it seems a long shot for the Huskies to earn a state playoff berth this season. However, the young team is overcoming adversity and is getting better as the season progresses, which is all a coach can ask for. With a solid nucleus of players at Matawan now, George has plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of the program. “We have a lot of potential, and I see a bright future for our team,” he said. “We have talent and height; the only thing we lack is experience. But that’s coming.” By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer Scheduling mistake leaves team with just seven home games last_img read more

Ja’s Campbell off to good start at BMW Classic

first_img Jamaican youngsters Sebert Walker Jr and Zandre Roye both had rounds they would want to forget after posting rounds of 11 and 13 over par 83 and 85, respectively. Other Jamaicans in the field are Orville Christie, Jonathan Newnham, Sean Morris and Romaine Evans. American Jared Wolfe held the club house lead after posting an impressive eight under par 64. His round included six birdies and an eagle. Jamaican professional golfer Fabian Campbell put in a workmanlike performance on a weather delayed opening day of the BMW Jamaica Classic at Cinnamon Hill in Montego Bay. Campbell shot a one over par 73 in a round that featured several missed opportunities and ill-fated putts. After bogeys on holes three and five, Campbell roared back to one over on the front nine following a brilliant eagle chip to make the turn. A bogey and a double bogey on holes 12 and 16 looked to have spoilt the Jamaican’s round, it would get worst as the players had to leave the course for a three-hour delay due to lightning. On the resumption, Campbell would, however, carve out birdies on holes 17 and 18 to save the round for the Constant Spring-based golfer, who was satisfied with his outing. “To be honest, I could have played a lot better today because the course was not that challenging, I had a couple of three putts that cost me, but I am glad that I could finish strong heading into Friday’s second day.” LIGHTNING DELAY FORGETTABLE ROUNDSlast_img read more

Under-20s whip Aruba 7-1

first_imgJamaica’s Under-20 footballers whipped Aruba 7-1 in Florida on Thursday night to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the next round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championships. Cavalier’s Tevin Rochester scored a hat-trick (two penalties). The other scorers were Ricardo McIntosh (2), Jamoi Topey and Nicque Daley. Meanwhile Mexico remained in pole position for the lone qualifying spot from Group B of the championships following an 8-0 hammering of Grenada.  Both Jamaica and Mexico have 10 points but the Central Americans head the group on goal difference. The Mexicans have scored 21 goals and conceded two for a plus 19 goal difference while Jamaica (13-3) have a goal difference of plus 10.last_img

Tony Becca | Worshipping at the altar of Test cricket

first_img To the cricketer, especially the successful one, the challenges of the longer game – the technique, the scheming opposition, the time, the concentration, the ups and downs, the changing nature of the pitch and conditions from day to day, and the drama – have no equal. In the current series between South Africa and Pakistan, Micky Arthur, the coach of Pakistan, has criticised the pitches as being tailor-made for the home team’s bowlers, but whether they are so or not, the fact is that while Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, and Duanne Oliver are taking wickets, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, and Shaheen Afridi are not; while Faf du Plesis, Tembe Bavuma, and Quinton De Kock are scoring runs, Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, and Babar Azam are not; and while South Africa are winning, Pakistan are not. The fact was that in the second Test, for example, the scores were South Africa, 431, with du Plesis scoring 103, Bavuma, 75, and de Kock, 69 and 43 for one, Pakistan 177 and 296, with their batsmen, like their bowlers, failing to deliver. In the Christchurch Test match, it was on the same pitch and in the same Test match that New Zealand made 178, Sri Lanka made 104, New Zealand made 515 for four declared, and Sri Lanka made 236. After the match in Cape Town, du Plesis was quoted as saying that Test cricket had been more exciting and challenging than limited-over cricket over the past two years and that the game had become faster (no doubt because of the influence of T20 cricket). The pitches, he said, have become more difficult and thus the batsmen are forced to improve their selection of strokes and to fight harder for their runs. The best, in praise of Test cricket, however, came for Down Under, and it came from India’s victorious captain, Virat Kohli, and India’s winning, coach, Ravi Shastri, a former Indian Test cricketer. Kohli, a member of the India’s winning 2011 World Cup team, was asked immediately after his team’s recent victory how he felt in comparison to 2011. “Yes, 2011 was a great moment for me, but if you ask which moment is more emotional, I would say this one because this is my third tour here, and I know how difficult it is to win here. “So from that point of view, this one is the more emotional for me. It will definitely be more special, purely because we wanted to win a series away from home. We have done what we wanted to do, not to show anyone else, but to prove to ourselves that yes, we could do it, and we have done it.” And from Shastri, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, came: “For starters, this win was achieved in the purer format of the game. I tell you, it is more satisfying for me. World Cup 1983? This is as big, or even bigger, because it is the truest format of the game. It’s Test cricket, which is the toughest.” Referring to past Indian teams, Shastri also said, no doubt as a salute to the batting of Cheteshwar Pujara and to Kohli, and to India’s fast bowlers who terrorised the Australian batsmen: “This team can look any other Indian team from the past in the eye and say, ‘We have played proper Test cricket.’ You did, we did, too, but without being intimated.” NO EQUAL The festive season has come and gone, but it has left behind cricket of the highest order, especially for those who love “the purer form of cricket” or those who worship at the altar of Test cricket. In fact, Test cricket, at least for the past few years, has lit up the good old game, especially with the ‘the Ashes’ series between England and Australia, last year’s contest between England and India in England, and also, last year’s hot contest between South Africa and Australia in South Africa, which ended in contention. Recently, however, the skills, the excitement, the tension, the drama, and the tough, long, no-holds-barred action of Test cricket on the changing state of pitches and in different conditions were evident, and were enjoyed, in the exciting and sometimes bruising battles between, not the West Indies and Bangladesh, or the West Indies and Sri Lanka, but between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and in particular, between South Africa and Pakistan, and Australia and India. While the contest between New Zealand and Sri Lanka included an amazing spell of fast bowling in Christchurch as Sri Lanka crashed to 104 all out after being 94 for four, with Trent Boult taking the last six wickets, the action to remember came from Cape Town in South Africa, where the home team defeated Pakistan in the second Test, and from Australia, where India won their first series away over Australia. Ever since the coming of 50-over cricket and T20 cricket, there has been a strong debate, among spectators and sponsors, as to which is the best version of cricket, the limited-over and T20 versions, or Test cricket. I have always maintained that as far as excitement and entertainment are concerned, 50-over and T20 cricket have their places, but that when it comes to skill, excitement, entertainment, drama, and the feeling of accomplishment, or of failure, when it is all over, Test cricket, or the longer version, tops them all. And on top of that, I have never met a cricketer, including one who has experienced it all, and particularly a successful one, past or present, except maybe a few West Indians, who, although he enjoys it and welcomes it, prefers the shorter versions to the longer version. HARD-FOUGHT CRICKET Those three Test series undoubtedly produced some hard-fought cricket, some splendid batting on some difficult pitches against some brilliant bowling, and some excellent fielding in exciting action spreading over three, four, and, sometimes, five days of drama. In Australia especially, like the England-India contest in England recently, the action swayed intriguingly from side to side, from day to day, from Test match to Test match, not with the excitement and entertainment of balls sailing over the boundary ever so often, but in a deadly fight for survival, sometimes by batsmen fighting as if for their lives, and bowlers, and fielders, fighting for an edge. The sight, for example, of Australia’s batsmen bobbing and weaving against Bumrah, Sharma, and Shami; of Kohli’s brilliance while batting; and of Pujara battling for hours against pacers Mitchell Stark, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood and off-spinner Nathan Lyon, with fielders hovering around him before enjoying himself, will last a long, long time. The challenge of Test cricket is something special. The satisfaction of winning in Test cricket, especially in difficult circumstances, is a special feeling, and Kohli, especially, and Shastri, should know.last_img read more

5 remain in custody

first_imgCorriverton heistAs Police continue their investigations into last week’s high-profile robbery of a Corriverton cambio dealer, five suspects remain in custody.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the investigation was still ongoing. He disclosed that although one of the suspects was identified during an identification parade on Thursday, the Police were not ready to place him before the court.The brazen robbery was executed last Monday by a gang of 15 heavily armed men at the Number 79 Village, Corentyne home of cambio dealer Devendra Churaman aka “Katak”. The AK-47 rifle and shotgun wielding men carted off $20 million in cash and $1 million in jewellery.The cambio dealer positively identified one of the suspects from a line-up on Thursday.B Division (Berbice) Commander Errol Watts disclosed that the individual was a resident of Sand Hills, Berbice River. He also revealed that during Churaman’s statement to the Police early on in the investigation, he indicated that during the confrontation with five of the men in his bedroom, the mask of one of the bandits fell off, and he saw the perpetrator’s face. Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation has confirmed that the man identified was the brother of Milton VanLuen.The 28-year-old VanLuen of Sand Hills along the Berbice River is alleged to have had in his possession one Taurus pistol on November 15, at Mount Sinai without being the holder of a firearm licence. He is also accused of having in his possession 10 live .38 rounds of ammunition.VanLuen was arrested shortly after Police shot and killed a bandit at Mount Sinai after he attempted to shoot at the Police.Meanwhile, this publication understands that another of the five men was allegedly part of the former “Popcorn”’ gang.The notorious “Popcorn” gang between 2010 and 2014 robbed families along the Corentyne until its leader Deodat “Popcorn” Seecharran was killed during a shootout with Police in East Canje in April 2014. Timothy Sampson was part of that gang and has been convicted of several robberies and unlawful escape from prison. In September 2010, Sampson was charged for being in possession of two AK-47 assault rifles, one UZI submachine gun and one double-barrel shotgun without being the holder of a firearm licence.The charges were subsequently dismissed after the Police personnel, who allegedly found Sampson with the illegal weapons, failed to appear in court to present the evidence.Another man who is also assisting the Police was recently remanded on a charge of being in possession of a firearm and ammunition, without having a licence along with other gun-related charges. On November 23, Raymond LaFleur, 40, of Lot 28 South Mount Sinai, West Canje, appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore and pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegal firearm possession among others.Meanwhile, the Crime Chief told this publication that the Police were still awaiting results from the lab of gunpowder residue tests carried out on the hands of the suspects.The investigation continues.last_img read more

No arrest in Bagotstown robbery

first_imgAs investigations continue into the recent robbery committed on the R Gossai and Sons General Store at Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara, the Police are yet to make an arrest. Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum when contacted told Guyana Times that the Police are working with several leads but no arrest was made in connection with the robbery.The absence of the DVR player for the surveillance cameras is one challenge to solving the case. Another challenge is that the men were all masked but the Police are expected to resort to their fingerprint database for assistance in solving theThe R.Gossai and Sons General Storecrime.However, the injured 63-year-old businessman, Rabindranauth Gossai, has been discharged from hospital but is still traumatised. His son, Joey Gossai told this publication that the business has been in operation for the past 70 years and it has been passed on from one generation to the next.The young man noted that sometime back, his father was relieved of cash moments after he returned from a bank. “We were robbed once in the past but this is the first time in the house… that time, my father had just returned from the bank and he was accosted in the yard and relieved of the money he was carrying,” the younger Gossai noted.On Monday evening, at least eight armed and masked men severely beat the elderly businessman and terrorised his family after which they carted off with an undisclosed sum of cash, a quantity of high-end liquor and a quantity of jewellery among other items.The robbery occurred at about 20:00h as the younger Gossai went into the back of the yard to collect his car. From all indications, the men cut the barbed wire fence to gain entry to the yard where they hid for some time, until the man exited the house.He was held at gunpoint and taken into the house where the gunmen assaulted his father. He was then placed to lie on the ground along with his mother and four-year-old son. As they were held hostage, the men ransacked the house and shop during which they found the money and jewellery. As the men were leaving, they collected the rum and other items.After the 25-minute ordeal, the gunmen left and the younger Gossai managed to untie himself and his family. They subsequently contacted the Police and without hesitation, took his father, who was bleeding profusely, to seek medical attention.last_img read more

MPI to take stance on destruction of hinterland roads

first_imgThe Government of Guyana, through the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) has taken a firm stance against mining and mining-related operators who cause significant deterioration to roads in the hinterland regions.This move by the Ministry comes in light of concerns raised over the misuse of hinterland roads, which is in contravention of the Road Users’ Agreement. As a result, the Ministry will be taking a firm stance against defaulters.According to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, significant sums of monies wereAn overladen truck stuck in the muddy conditions of a hinterland roadexpended in the hinterland regions last year for the rehabilitation of roadways. In fact, some $54.5 million was spent in 2016 to repair the Puruni-Itaballi corridor. This corridor is still under maintenance. Furthermore, in 2017, $100 million was allocated to improve the Puruni-Pappishou corridor.These corridors would have been targeted for rehabilitation with the intent of improving comfort and safety, particularly for those living and working in the hinterland regions. Gold and diamond miners were also specifically taken into consideration due to their significant contributions to Guyana’s economy and the development of our country.However, the Ministry’s efforts are being counteracted by operators of private mining or mining-related businesses who choose to use overladen trucks on the roads and engage in other forms of misuse. As a result, the lifespans of these roadways have been significantly reduced, thus compromising the safety standards initially set.It must also be noted that the misuse of these roads are in contravention of the Road Users’ Agreement with the Guyana Gold & Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), the Public Infrastructure Ministry, and the Natural Resources Ministry.While the agreement notes that the Government of Guyana will use its best efforts to keep the road maintained in good condition at all times, road users must play their part by adhering to stipulations such as the prohibition of vehicles weighing more than 60 tons crossing Itaballi-Puruni bridges. Additionally, the agreement notes that users shall be liable to Government for any damage to Government’s property caused by the negligent use of the roadways by their employees and/or their agents.It must therefore be emphasised that efforts will be taken to reduce the incidences of misuse. The Public Infrastructure Ministry further urges operators to be cognisant of the negative impacts they are causing and adhere to stipulations outlined in the Road Users’ Agreement.last_img read more

Now Friday’s ‘sacking’ overturned

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, Monday 13- In a remarkable turn of events, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman, Mwangi Muthee maintains that Mike Friday and Chris Brown are still at the helm of the national rugby sevens team.Muthee told Capital Sports from London in the aftermath of the announcement the Briton has been axed, that instead, the Director of National Squads and Elite Performance Philip Jalang’o is the one to go home instead. “I’m with the team here (London) and we depart this evening for home. Friday and Brown remain in charge of the team while Gabriel Ooko will replace Jalang’o.“There is nothing to worry about, everything is alright with this team,” Muthee said on phone from London.The dramatic events that followed within minutes of each other have exposed the simmering differences amongst the ranks of the KRU.Jalang’o announced Friday’s sacking in a statement dispatched to newsrooms.The article is here 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Will Hussein’s swagger hold sway in FK polls?

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 28- If social networks, Facebook and Twitter were part of the electorate at Saturday’s Football Kenya (FK) elections, there would only be one winner.Step forward, Hussein Mohammed, the 34-year-old CEO of Extreme Sports Limited, the company credited with rolling out the annual Super 8 tournament that has played its part in unearthing latent football talent. Mohammed, who last year chaired the Harambee Stars fund raising board, traces his roots to the birth of the mobile telephony in Kenya as one of the pioneer distributors for Safaricom.For the past year, he has been engaged in a glamorous campaign for the top seat in the country’s football bringing what his ardent followers at social networks term as ‘swagger’.His campaign chorus has been simple. It’s time for the old folk that have been managing the sport to step aside and allow young leadership to take over.“I have proved to Kenyans that I have a credible track record and among most candidates, I pass the integrity test. Over the last ten years we have run a programme that has been so successful in tapping talent at the grassroots level and given the opportunity, I’m confident I can replicate this across Kenya,” he asserts.In a campaign featuring the glitzy launch at KICC that was supported by a concert featuring some of the biggest acts in Kenya’s contemporary music such as Jua Kali and Nonini to shiny ads, Hussein has struck a chord with the Kenyan youth.“It’s been a difficult campaign and I have lost 10kg,” the visibly exhausted Hussein admitted. “But it has given me the opportunity to meet many Kenyans and gain their views on how they want their football governed.”“I love football and when I started Super 8 ten years ago and I did not do it for any position, I did it because there was a gap at the grassroots. I wanted to give opportunity to young people to earn a living from what they love most, football,” the FK chairmanship contender said.His compelling campaign received a shot in the arm when Sammy Sholei, the former Harambee Stars and Tusker FC midfield stalwart who was also attracting his fair share of the youthful support ditched his ambitions to become Hussein’s running mate.“Our vision for the future development of football is shared and being a former player, him more than most understands what players need and that is why we merged our efforts instead,” Hussein said of his running mate.The established order as expected did not take the entry of the suave, well-spoken youngster into the race for the top seat.Hussein who was among the most vocal proponents for clubs to be involved in elections as well as the process to be conducted by the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) found his campaign almost come to a premature end in June.That was when the Independent Electoral Board (IEB) the body that was formed by the Government and world body Fifa in December last year to organise the polls dropped the 35- year age limit for any contender for the chairmanship bombshell.However, the hue and outcry against the decision that found its way to the floor of parliament besides social and news media for a led IEB to expunge the requirement from its Code of Conduct.The elections themselves have been delayed on four occasions in the past year in what has been read as attempts to give some contenders time to catch up and also, knock the stuffing out of the robust campaign of the Hussein team.“At times, it has been so frustrating. Kenyan football is not easy and there are those fighting you all the time and unfortunately, our youth are dependent on the culture of handouts so in the end, it could boil down to who has the most to buy votes,” he lamented.However, win or lose, Hussein feels his campaign has gone a long way in changing the face of the country’s football leadership.“We will take the silver lining since we have had opportunity to educate many voters and raise credibility issues among candidates. This will be an election of firsts and we are certain the leadership that will come in will be more accountable. “Even if I do not win the seat, I will continue being in football like I have always done but from now on, things will never be the same.”Should his quest for the top seat hold sway, Hussein pledges to transform the country’s football in line to international standards.“We want to have a new devolved system of football in Kenya. We need to stop playing in Nairobi and focus on Kenyan Premier League alone and we will need to have active leagues in the grassroots. There is a lot of talent out there and it’s only that youth have not been given a platform.”Hussein Terry (Coast Representative), John Gitari (Rift Valley), Dorcas Nyambura (Nairobi), Eric Obura (Nairobi), David Otieno (Nyanza), Hudson Ngaire (Central) and Maqualate Atieno (women representative) complete Hussein’s line-up for the FK National Executive Committee.HUSSEIN CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS– Devolved system of football– Giving clubs larger say in running of football– Turning Kenyan Premier League into an 18 team affair– Development of youth football at grassroots– Establishment of viable women leagues– Stringent management and adequate funding for Harambee Stars0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Accident on Highway 29 closes road north of Hudson’s Hope

first_imgUPDATE: Highway 29 is now open with single lane alternating traffic. Drivers can expect a 20 minute delay.HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Highway 29 North of Hudson’s Hope is closed in both directions this morning because of a single vehicle roll over.Cpl Madonna Suanderson with the North District RCMP said that at 9:43 a.m. this morning a logging truck rolled over causing logs from the vehicle to be scattered over the highway on the Farrell Creek Bridge.  Saunderson said that the driver of the truck was not injured.- Advertisement -At this point, there’s no word on what caused the collision, or when the highway will reopen. This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once more information becomes available.last_img